The view from the fifth row at Radio City Music Hall for Fashion Rocks, courtesy of one kind-hearted producer, who upgraded my seat from the upper balcony. One can never underestimate the importance of being in the right place at the right time.
Condé Nast Media Group’s event — now in its fifth year — kicked off New York’s Fashion Week, which runs through September 12, 2008. The rock concert/fashion show was hosted by Denis Leary (whose rotating designer outfits included one evening gown) and boasted a line-up of musical performances by Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Fergie, Black Eyed Peas, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Pussycat Dolls, Debbie Harry, Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Chris Cornell, Solange and Duffy.
Proceeds from the concert benefited Stand Up To Cancer, an organization that distributes grants for collaborative cancer research.
Here’s Rihanna, kicking things off with Madonna’s fashion anthem, “Vogue“:
During the concert, the three major television networks aired an hour-long, commercial-free fundraising telethon for Stand Up To Cancer. ($100M was raised that night.) At 8PM, the cameras broadcast live from Fashion Rocks where 13 women singers performed the charity single, “Just Stand Up“.
From left to right: Keyshia Cole, Fergie, Leona Lewis, Ciara, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Ashanti, Natasha Bedingfield and Nicole Scherzinger.
British singer-songwriter, Duffy and her dancers, performing her hit “Mercy“:
Black Eyed Peas, who covered The Rolling Stones’ “Miss You“:
Presenters Tommy Hilfiger and Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester, whose seat was directly behind mine.
Friends and readers,
As a few of you may have noticed, I have been on hiatus this past month.
After a musical Memorial Day weekend in the Pacific Northwest, I spent two glorious weeks in Hawaii, followed in rapid succession by a wedding, and jaunts to Orange County, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Locally, there was much work to do launching my community supported agriculture group’s season, a visit to Public Farm One at P.S. 1, a night of Shakespeare in the Park, a slew of birthday celebrations, a pair of sublime sushi dinners, and the Siren Music Festival in Coney Island. More, too, but you know I don’t include everything on this blog…
Oh, you wanted to see pictures, and perhaps a video or two? (Follow the links to the full flickr sets.)
I will be up in New York’s Finger Lakes region this weekend for the annual 50-mile garage sale along Route 90 — remember last August’s Highway 127 Sale through the rural South? — perhaps with some stops along the Cayuga Wine Trail, after which I hope to be able to buckle back down to the business of blogging as my summer tan lines slowly fade into memory.
Just returned from Bravo’s “A-List Awards” show at the Hammerstein Ballroom. I will reserve most of my commentary for after the show’s airing next Thursday, June 12, but in the meantime, here are a few of our photos from the evening. Red carpet arrivals here.
Top Chef contingent (+ Project Runway Season 1 winner Jay McCarroll):
Tyson Beckford and Saturday Night Live alum Rachel Dratch:
Stylist and future Bravo reality star Rachel Zoe and Tim Gunn:
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